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a crowded street through various shades of people in the summer's harshest heat a story in your eye well, speak until your mind's at ease 25 years have come and gone and that story's still unfolding suitcase packed you're moving on with the memories you're holding will you be home when you arrive?
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25 years you are driving down a country road beside a shady river the sky turns dark as stone the trees begin to shiver the grace of god is nigh 25 years have come and gone and that story's still unfolding suitcase packed you're moving on with your memories you're holding will you be home
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when you arrive after 25 years? if you look into your future life decades from this question do you imagine a familiar light burning in the distance the love that never dies? 25 years have come and gone and that story's still unfolding suitcase packed you're moving on
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with the memories you're holding and you'll be home when you arrive 25 ♪ [cheering and applause] >> beautiful. beautiful. have to say, we owe it all to
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to get to this week. but first, some insights into how internet users are following the scary and heartbreaking stories of tornados ravaging parts of the country. searches for tornados are up 440% on yahoo! this week. all of us have been riveted by those haunting photos of the mayhem, especially in joplin, missouri. and lookups for tornado photos jumped this week by 278%. hundreds of locals are uploading their own images of the destruction to our photo sharing site flickr. so far, more than 2,480 photos posted. people are anxious about what is next as violent storms continue. we have seen lots of queries about what causes tornados and how to build tornado shelters. all of this concern about the weather comes as we head into memorial day weekend. and high gas prices are also top of mind, once again affecting people's getaway plans. and in addition to lots of searches for cheap vacations and low airfare, greyhound tickets and amtrak discounts are spiking too. now to entertainment news and
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oprah's big farewell. we took a look back at the oprah effect over the years she hosted her ground breaking show and we were able to quantify in searches just how influential the queen of talk really is. for example, the day oprah and her health guru, dr. oz, touted benefits of steel cut oatmeal, we saw a 5,400% spike in lookups for it. as for the other big finale this week, "american idol" and the buildup to the crowning of country crooner scotty mccreery sparked more searches than in the years past, attributed to new online voting introduced this year. and finally, yahoo! users can't get enough of kim kardashian's engagement ring or should i say bling and her fiance. they also want to know more about the sunner and about groom-to-be kris humphries. the nba player fast becoming a star on line thanks to his mega
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celebrity partner and her family. we wish them well. back to you guys. >> hold on, rob, you have some drool on your collar. >> let's hear it for k.k. >> kim kardashian. >> how can you not like kim? >> you giggled when oprah was on. what were you giggling about? you busted out. >> they were saying in my ear to make fun of you about kim kardashian. >> that's how much i talk about her. look at my baby. >> you bear a resemblance to donny osmond in that photo. >> didn't think you were going there, donny osmond. >> that's what's striking about that besides kim who is beautiful. >> engaged now too. >> you are out of the game. >> feeling cheated on. >> he is a pretty good looking guy too. really tall. >> i know. >> nothing wrong with 5'8." >> nothing wrong with 5'8." >> long deserved day off. oprah winfrey reveals her style of r & r. >> the skinny is coming up. mariah carey facing a serious investigation. we've got the scoop. wswswswswsws
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> sing it! i miss this show! i miss "the skinny." >> this is everyone's favorite part of the show. we should hop to it.
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>> i get to start it off today. as a recently lactating mother, they handed me this one. because tmz. >> very personal, stephanie. i like it. >> mariah carey was investigated by child protective services for drinking a guinness while breast-feeding. and she was actually interviewed by child protective services for drinking a guinness, by the way a lot of lactation consultants told me drink a half a pint of guinness when you are lactating there is a lot of iron. i don't understand why child protective services would waste the time to interview mariah carey. anyway, the latest news is she has been cleared. they interviewed her though. they wasted their time interviewing her. >> was this in the hospital or was this -- >> i don't know where they interviewed her. she was told in the hospital by a nurse to drink a guinness. apparently she did. as you know, she had twins recently. >> morocco -- and mango or something? >> it's not the same thing. drinking while you're lactating
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is not the same as when you are pregnant. doctors say absolutely don't do. >> there is iron, it can be good for the kid. >> as long as you are not getting drunk. >> the kid needs to relax. it's friday. he had a rough nine months. he can finally breathe. all right. this sort of cracks me up too, remember the judge on "american idol" kara, no longer on the show. she told a very interesting story on "george lopez's show. she was crashing at paula abdul's house, and paula was not there. so she is hungry. so she has the maid get her something to eat. the maid leaves in the fridge these brownies. well, then kara says she pops about six of the brownies and take a listen to how she described what happened next to george? >> the maid at the time found some brownies and took them out of the freezer and left them in the refrigerator. six hours later i was like, hey. what's going on? i had six, i almost died. >> you had six? oh, my -- >> i was like -- >> kara says i fell out of the bed on the floor, stumbled down the stairs, the ambulance comes, and even the guy like --
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the paramedic who came was like, this girl is high as a kite. paula said they were left at a party, someone else's brownies. they weren't paula's. seemed fishy. apparently, paula likes pot brownies in the fridge. that's all -- explains so much. >> it is all making sense now. actually. >> it's all clear now. >> i know you are a big oprah fan. you are going to like this one. there is all this new information about what she did the day after the final show. she tweeted she was staying in her pjs all day, getter her hair braided for summer vacation. and reading all your e-mails. rob is responsible for about 200 of those by the way. she also said she is going to go visit her mother. take a break, get some sun and get rest. she is reading the e-mails but not on vacation. don't plan on that. >> yeah, 25 years in the making. a break 25 years in the making. chill out, oprah. we talk about lindsay lohan, you will be happy to know she is under house arrest. she started yesterday. because of jail overcrowding. she gets to chill out in her mansion in venice beach with a
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landscaped roof and wraparound views of the ocean. because of the stealing the necklace. like all rich people do she gets house arrest in her phat pad. >> so happy to know that. thanks.
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here's some stories to watch today on abc news. bosnian serb military commander, ratko mladic returns to court in belgrade to face charges for international war crimes. mladic has been a wanted man for 16 years until his arrest in a village in northern serbia. secretary of state hillary clinton visited pakistan this morning. relations between the u.s. and pakistan have been very strained since the navy s.e.a.l.'s takedown of osama bin laden. crowd are already gathering here in new york to see lady gaga. she's kicking off the "good morning america" summer concert series in just a few hours. >> all those little monsters. >> oh, yeah. they're going to go wild. >> should be a good show.
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all right, finally this half hour, with prices at the gas pump pain fully high these days, commuters are doing all they can to save a buck here or there. and some are even sticking out their thumb and hitching it to work. >> like you do. but in washington, d.c. they don't call them hitchhikers they call them sluggers. here is sharice fam. >> sluggers. >> reporter: they're called sluggers, name for the fake coins bus drivers used to get from sneaky passengers the but their gas savings are real enough. >> $160. >> $300. >> close to $100 a week. >> reporter: sluggers are commuters usually from virginia or maryland and hitch rides to d.c. with complete strangers. sluggers get a free ride. and drivers get to use carpool lanes. >> i see more and more people using this because it saves a lot of money. >> reporter: people used to complain that sluggers clog traffic. and now as gas prices tick higher they're lining up for a free ride. analysts say high gas prices
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will be around for some time. so if you want to save money, the best way to do it -- drive less. >> that's certainly the best way to help insulate your pocketbook from what is happening. >> reporter: alinda valenzuel savelf 50 she drives just a few miles fro her home to the slug lines. >> with the gas prices, i think soon people will start walking to the slug line. >> reporter: she says she saves nearly $90 a week by slugging. she is not the only one cashing in. >> reporter: you are driving at speed, you are not, it's not traffic where you would be burng more gas. >> reporter: there are slugging rules, you can't talk on cell phones and should say hello to and good-bye to drivers on the way in and out. overall not a bad deal to protect the wallet from the pricey pumps. >> it would freak me out to ride with a total stranger. >> right. but i hear that it's like the same drivers over and over, it becomes like a community of people that know each other. that's how it works. >> after a while you get to know bob from. got you. in case you are interested there are web sites for slugging,
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slug-lines.com. and slug
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this morning on "world news now" -- he was hiding in plain sight. that's what intelligence agents say about the notorious ratko mladic wanted for 16 years. >> the bosnian serb mastermind behind several thousand deaths. it is friday, may 27th. and good morning, everybody. happy friday. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm stephanie sy in for peggy bunker. well mladic is due back in court today even though his health is poor. the former military general is connected to unspeakable international war crimes in bosnia in the 1990s.
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also in this half hour of the show, the tornado that made joplin, missouri, look like a war zone. there is new surveillance video out showing the twister ploeing a home apart. one former first lady's cause, a rare sight to see rosalynn carter on capitol hill, the issue she spoke to lawmakers about hits home with so many people. we'll have that coming up. before all of that, one of the most brutal killers of the 20th century has now been brought to justice after 16 years of hiding in plain sight. >> this is a big deal. ratko mladic, engineered the deaths of thousand in a notorious campaign that came to be known as ethnic cleansing. christiane amanpour reports on his takedown. >> reporter: behind that smile, that round face, those blue eyes, was the mastermind of modern slaughter. ratko mladic. for years he had evaded arrest. while home video showed him at parties, dining at restaurants, a conspiracy protecting him. until a frail-looking figure now arrested in a relative's home.
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mladic went down without a fight. >> on behalf of the republic of serbia, i announce that today we arrested ratko mladic. >> reporter: a far cry from the general i met in bosnia so many years ago. he would insist he was only defending his own people. in the early '90s, while yugoslavia was splitting apart, mladic was the architect of a policy that became known as ethnic cleansing, determined to kill or expel moslems and carve out an ethnically pure serbian state inside bosnia. i covered his brutal bombardment and siege of sarajevo and other towns and villages. from the hills, mladic's forces would fire down on innocent men, women and children. peter jennings was there, too, in the aftermath of the bombing of the sarajevo marketplace. >> the worst attack since this war began. >> reporter: then came the massacre in the summer of 1995.
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serbian cameras followed mladic and his soldiers as they handed out candy to terrified children and told them not to be afraid. but there was much to fear when those cameras were turned off. the women and children were separated, and the men and boys were cruelly gunned down, executed in cold blood. in the end, more than 7,000 bosnian moslem men and boys were slaughtered. like so many of these types, he would deny with a smiles face the appalling atrocities. and mladic turned bosnia into the worst killing ground since world war ii. christiane amanpour, abc news. secretary of state hillary clinton paid an important visit to islamabad this morning. she addressed strained relations with the pakistanis. and of course, ties between the u.s. and pakistan have been very tense since the raid that killed osama bin laden.
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for the first time, pakistan is allowing the cia to inspect osama bin laden's compound. agents will search for any intelligence materials the navy s.e.a.l.s missed during their raid. president obama signed a bill to extend parts of the patriot act that were set to expire at midnight. the bill allows the government to track terrorism suspects using wiretaps and searching buzz records and allows agents to monitor lone wolf suspects, even if they have to clear ties to terror groups. congress approved the extension late last night. now we turn to missouri, where order is beginning to emerge from the chaos of last sunday's tornado. power lines and telephone poles are going back up there. >> and in joplin, people are learning who survived the twister. now that a list of those missing has been released. t.j. winick has the latest. t.j.
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>> reporter: good morning, rob and stephanie. the real focus here on thursday was making sure everyone on the missing person's list was accounted for the few days ago the number was 1,500. thursday morning, 232. later in the day it was even fewer than that because many of the people on the list actually came forward to tell officials that they were, in fact, alive and well. >> i'm glad you ain't missing. >> reporter: the death toll is no surprise as we see more evidence of the tornado's force. this home security video shows what happened as the tornado blasted through a backyard. sweeping away everything in its path. while a family of five huddled inside for their lives. thankfully they survived. >> i just got home from the theater. and heard the siren go off. and thought, it goes off, i thought, it's nothing. then i had a gut feeling. picked up the dogs went to the basement. and it hit that fast. it was there. if i hadn't moved quickly, i would have been out somewhere. when he pulled me out, i said, does my house look as bad as yours? he said, it's gone. i went, oh, my god. >> you can see the kitchen in the house the only room that remained barely intact. joplin officials are trying to figure out when to ask the army
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corps of engineers to begin clearing the six-mile long, half mile wide field of debris. rob, stephanie. >> t.j., thank you. the president will be in joplin sunday when the community will remember those killed in this tragedy. there will also be some unwelcome guests as well. members of the controversial westborough baptist church known for picketing soldiers' funerals, are now planning to protest. church members say god punished joplin for america's acceptance of homosexuality and started a god hates missouri campaign on their website. the sexual misconduct lawsuit against atlanta megachurch pastor eddie long has been settled out of court. four young men had accused long of using his money and influence to coerce them into having sex. their attorney would only say the case has been resolved and there will be no further comment. a spokesperson for long said he settled to bring closure and move forward. former first lady rosalind
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carter appealing to congress on behalf of caregivers especially those watching over older family members. she went to capitol hill to share her personal ordeal that actually started when she was 12 years old. here is ron claiborne. >> reporter: appearing before a senate committee on aging, rosalynn carter spoke of her struggle as a child helping care for her ailing, aging father. >> i was the oldest child. and i felt the burden of helping care for my father and three siblings. >> reporter: the former first lady now 83 years old, appealed to congress to reauthorize the older americans act, one of whose services is assistance to caregivers of elderly parents. also testifying, elizabeth marshall who says she depends on meals on wheels which is funded by the act to be able to live on her own in her own home at the age of 92. >> an old song by joseph burke, called "a little bit independent" is my theme song. >> reporter: this year congress must decide whether to continue funding the older americans act, and if so, how much. the great society program that dates back to 1965 serves
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millions of people over the age of 65. it pays for information and counseling for caregivers. meals brought to homes and served in senior centers and transportation for people who would otherwise be shut in. the stanley isaacs community center in manhattan gets nearly half of its $300,000 annual budget from the federal program. allen flemister depends on them for everything from social groups to daily lunch. how important is it that these services are available to you in your life? >> if i didn't have the services i would probably be in the bowery some place. >> skid row? >> this is my home. >> reporter: an ever growing number of older americans in need of what the older americans act provides. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> as we enter memorial day weekend, a reminder of what it is all about. soldiers placed more than 267,000 small american flags by the fallen service members grave stones at arlington national cemetery.
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all of the flags will be removed after the holiday. a great honor at one of the nation's most hallowed places. >> that is the meaning of this weekend. let us not forget that. all right. here is a look at your weather now. stormy from atlanta to new england. expect thunderstorms, winds. hail, flash flooding. also wet across florida. showers in oklahoma city, des moines, minneapolis, parafargo, billings and snow in the idaho, rockies. >> wet 58, seattle. 64 in boise. 77, colorado springs. mostly 60s across the midwest to near 90 in dallas, 80s from new orleans all the way up to boston. well, here is a guy who just had to put his proverbial two cents in while paying a ticket. >> get this. david stevenson, native of arkansas. when he was on a job driving through iowa recently he got a ticket because his truck's tinted windows were too dark. >> gangster. so he tried to pay the $127 ticket yesterday in pennies. >> that is legal tender.
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>> the pennies, though, they were not accepted. so stevenson changed them for some bills. paid the ticket that way. he said he did not want to force court clerks to count every coin. >> oh, he should have. that's ridiculous. to get a ticket for that. >> pay it today. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. don't go far. ♪ and every time it rains it rains pennies from heaven ♪ [ female announcer ] discover the foundation women are loving! new covergirl .natureluxe silk foundation. giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. it has a light touch of cucumber instead of a heavy synthetic. a smooth, silky, amazing feel. it covers flawlessly with a touch women can't get enough of. it goes on like silk. love it!!! new natureluxe silk foundation from easy breezy beautiful, .covergirl.
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this next story is incredible. imagine flying in a small plane that a friend or loved one is piloting when that person nearly passes out. what would you do? >> i would pass out. really.
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>> i'd freak out. >> i'd be done. one houston woman somehow kept her cool, kept it altogether after her husband, the pilot, passed out 16,000 feet in the air. >> hang on, hang on. i'm trying to get him to put it on autopilot. i don't know how to do this. >> reporter: that is the frantic voice of a woman whose 70-year-old husband is falling unconscious at the controls of their small plane. flying in clouds at 16,000 feet she has never flown a plane before. >> i can't tell what's going on. >> reporter: listening in the crew or a nearby commercial plane who suspects that the pilot is suffering from a lack of oj general. the crew jumps in with critical advice on how to get the plane to a lower altitude. >> reporter: on the ground, denver air traffic control, charlie roarer, a 22 year veteran he knows he must get the plane turned around.
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it is heading straight towards the mountains. >> you are better off heading towards the southeast. >> i gotta get down. we need to breathe. >> reporter: they apparently were using the plane's oxygen system as required, but it did not seem to be helping. there is a last resort. the cirrus aircraft is equipped with an emergency parachute, which can lower the plane to the ground. it is not necessary. as the plane descends, the pilot begins to come back to life. woozie, but combative. >> you need to get to the ground. the pilot is totally incapacitated. >> i am not totally incapacitated. >> the controller finally convinces the man he must put the plane on the ground. the controller, commercial pilots hold their breath, as the plane touches down in farmington, new mexico. a midair rescue, mission
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accomplished. lisa stark, abc news, houston. >> lucky that other plane was in the area and helped out with that too. i never knew it had the parachute contraption. >> me neither. i mean, there was so much in that piece. >> we have been hearing bad stuff about traffic controllers, it is good to hear a success story. >> scary to fly these days. we always think -- air traffic controllers. i like the guy woke up and was agitated. i'm not incapacitated. >> i'm fine. i'm fine. >> just taking a nap. i'm all right. oh, man. everyone is all right. that's the good news. >> at least he didn't have pot brownies. >> that is a whole different story. we're really high. coming up, academy award-winner jodie foster. >> she stars in the new movie, "the beaver" and she is defending her controversial co-star. i think you have heard of him. co-star. i think you have heard of him. >> uh-huh.ababababababababababab
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jodie foster fans? yes. oscar winner jodie foster back in theaters today.
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her new film "the beaver" opens up nationwide. >> i always questioned why they titled it that. i get it, but -- anyway. peter travers, movie critic and host of "world news now popcorn" sat down to talk about the movie she directed and talked about her controversial co-star mel gibson. >> jodie foster, welcome to the show. it is great to have you here. >> thank you. >> you have a movie, called "the beaver" you probably didn't know that, but you do. >> i have heard about it. >> but it is a movie in which you and mel gibson play a married couple but he is suffering from depression and decides that basically when he finds a beaver hand puppet in a dumpster of a liquor store that he can make talk through this and work through his depression. >> yeah. >> what kind of intervention was done on you when you said, i think i want to make this movie?
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>> i have to say a lot of my friends looked at me quizzically when i said i was making a movie about a guy that puts a puppet on his hand, speaks through it. and learns to cope with his life using that survival tool. they looked at me like i was insane. they said, you're going to change the title, too, right? i said, no, i don't think so. truth is it is moving. that's what's wonderful about the film. it is so unanticipated. >> it is our anniversary. i do not want to celebrate 20 years of marriage with a puppet. >> it does have a lighter side, a lot of wit, but very quickly i think it sort of delves into the psyche of a man who is breaking down. >> you started thinking abut this a while ago. does the change in release dates have to do with the trouble that mel gibson was going through? is the studio trying to say let's let this die down a little? >> i think they wanted to wait and see. i think they wanted to just -- um -- they wanted the film to be the focus. and i think people are finally ready to let the film be the focus. it is an extraordinary performance. he is amazing in the film.
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it is a side of mel gibson that i don't think anybody knows or has seen before. i feel like i have seen that side because i have known him for so long. and, you know, i do have an intimate friendship with him. i knew he would have the light side, the comedic side, light touch, and he would have the opposite side and be able to find that depth. >> we were afraid we'd have to start without you. >> this is a joke, right? >> no, son, it is a fresh start. >> have you completely lost your mind? >> well, i know it seems a bit -- >> i'm not talking to you, nut job! i'm talking to mom. >> when people talk about, should i see the movie or not see the movie? how much can you concern yourself with this? whether people say i am still mad at him. i blame him for this, or saying that. can you separate yourself from that controversy? >> i know i can. >> can you really? >> i don't know if other people can. i know that it's -- you know, i,
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i look at that performance and i see the extraordinary depth of a man who is haunted by himself. and, yes, who mel is -- informs that in some ways. he has been through a lot and he's somebody who is searching and searching. and he understands struggle in a personal and raw way. that's why his performance is as beautiful as it is. i hope, i believe that a film like this can have, an incredibly cathartic effect on an actor. >> everybody needs a friend. and you've got me. >> i just want to see "the hangover." >> on the other end of the spectrum. rob will be seeing "the hangover." >> i think the fact that the beaver has a british accent gives it gravitas. >> you think so? >> i also think that because i have so much respect for jodie foster after seeing that interview -- i may actually see "the beaver." >> she is great. i wonder if there is anything that can resurrect his image.
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>> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." this will be my last morning papers for a little while, i'm taking a brief hiatus from the show to do reporting for abc shows, i will be back in july. so enjoy june. peggy will be back on tuesday. next week. thank you for doing this with tuesday. >> we'll see you on "world news." >> yeah, should be fun. memorial day is monday, big holiday weekend. it is not just a day off, it is a serious holiday of course. our friend down at the national world war ii museum in new orleans, great facility, they have released a new study. kind of depressing. they said 80% of all americans confess to having little or only some knowledge of the military
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holidays. and made a list on this website, mymemorialday.org. the ideas to celebrate the veterans here a couple things -- thank a veteran one-on-one. placing a flag on the grave of a veteran. visiting a military museum. writing a veteran, thanking them. organizing a community wide observance. >> honoring a veteran with a brick at the national world war ii museum. if i my favorite, which is to change your facebook profile to an american flag. and write a letter to the paper to remind them about the memorial day significance. >> all very good ideas. an important holiday. here is your polka. ♪ >> hey! ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- miserable missouri. with at least 126 people dead in joplin, there is a difficult job that is far from done. >> yeah, identifying the dead and locating so many people who have been missing since sunday's monster tornado. it's friday, may 27th. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. and, we have -- >> i'm stephanie sy, good to be back here, guys. i'm in for peggy bunker today. and, of course, we are talking about the tornadoes still. the red cross attempts to find hundreds missing in joplin, missouri, we are hearing an amazing story of survival from last month's alabama tornados, a dog, this dog, caught up in a twister, broke two legs, and has managed to limp home. we will be talking about that
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coming up. >> that is incredible. man, the dog got home. also coming up in this half hour, the bosnian serb general wanted for war crimes for years was hiding, yep, in plain sight. why his capture now is so significant. later on, many americans hit the road today for memorial day weekend. but others are staying home. and firing up the grill. see how to put some extra kick into your cookout. >> the unofficial start to summer. let's go. >> it is here. >> let's get some warm weather going on. before all of that, in southwest missouri, the shock is beginning to wear off. and the enormous job of rebuilding is getting started. >> telephone and powerlines are going back up. and residents are sorting out who was able to ride out the tornado and who was not. t.j. winick brings us the latest from joplin. t.j. >> reporter: good morning, rob, stephanie. you can see in the house behind me here the kitchen is really the only room that remained even barely intact. city officials here in joplin are struggling with when to ask the army corps of engineers to
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begin clearing this six-mile-long, half-mile-wide field of debris. >> i said, does my house look as bad as yours? and he said, it's gone. i went, oh, my god. >> reporter: the death toll here is at least 125. >> on the morgue side the processing has begun. >> reporter: now comes the painful, painstaking task of identifying the dead. >> the process has to take its time. we have to be 100% accurate. >> reporter: this boy's parents learned he was among the deceased. the death toll is no surprise as we see more evidence of the tornado's force. home security video shows what happened as the tornado blasted through a backyard, sweeping away everything in its path, while a family of five huddled for their lives. they survived. st. john's medical center was gutted by the 200-mile-per-hour winds. this door blown off its hinges. the list of the missing runs for
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more than 200. >> our goal its to get that number to zero. >> reporter: the good news, some names don't belong there. >> i'm glad you ain't missing. >> yeah. >> reporter: among the orphans of the storm, the four-legged friends, 300 of them, parted from their families. >> this is somebody's pet. it's used to being in somebody's living room every night. >> reporter: a federal forensic team of disaster mortuary specialists are collecting dna samples from family members to scientifically identify each of the tornado victims. they're doing this after one of the deceased was misidentified by a family member in the aftermath of the tornado. rob and stephanie? >> t.j. thank you. in alabama, can was devastated by a tornado last month an amazing story of spunk and survival. a very cute terrier named mason disappeared during the twister that destroyed his family's home.
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two weeks later they found him waiting on what was left of their porch with two broken legs. the vet says he must have crawled a long way back. >> this is probably the most dramatic that we have seen, as far as an injury in an animal that survived this long. >> everything lined up well. stable. so far, five days out post-op, no complications and problems. he is doing great. he is happy to see people. he wants to play. he came, he is eating, drinking, he is doing wonderful. >> what a brave dog. took two plates and 17 screws to repair mason's legs. he's hobbling around on splints now. the vet says he will be just fine. and his family is doing much better that he is back. >> wow, an amazing story. >> what a cute dog. >> yeah, amazing. let's take a look now at your friday forecast. showers, thunderstorms in florida. more severe weather, atlanta, d.c. from pittsburgh to northern new england. cool rain from billings to oklahoma city and minneapolis and up to 6 inches of snow in the northern rockies. showers in the pacific northwest. >> 58 in seattle. 74 in sacramento. shy of 100, phoenix. mostly 60s from fargo to indianapolis.
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and 80s from boston to miami. >> the weather news doesn't stop there. the detroit area has received about twice the usual amount of rain for this time of year. that is now causing some widespread flooding. hundreds of streets and homes are flooded in detroit and in suburbs. no surprise though, especially since the city got more than four inches of rain in just over 12 hours on wednesday. look at that. overseas now, where one of the most wanted war criminals in the world spent his first night behind bars. >> ratko mladic will be charged with genocide for engineering the deaths of thousands. karen travers has the details from washington. hi, karen. >> reporter: good morning, stephanie. good morning, rob. world leaders welcome the news of mladic's arrest. president obama said thursday was an important day for the families of the brutal general's many victims. for more than 15 years, ratko mladic was on the run. the brutal bosnian serb general is behind bars. mladic is suspected of war crimes, including the bloody
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massacre of 8,000 muslim men and boys in eastern bosnia in july 1995. he was indicted for genocide by the u.n. war crimes tribunal at the hague that year. but evaded capture until now. the 69-year-old mladic appeared before a court in belgrade, he looked frail and walked slowly. serbian officials say it could be a week before he is extradited for trial at the hague. if tried and convicted, mladic faces life imprisonment, the maximum punishment that the tribunal can hand out. the 1995 ethnic cleansing campaign against bosnia's muslims is considered to be the worst civilian massacre in europe since world war ii. >> he played a key role in some of the darkest episodes of balkan and european history. >> reporter: for years, mladic hid in plain sight, dining in restaurants and even skiing at a resort. according to serbian media reports he was not disguised when arrested at dawn in a relative's home. north of belgrade.
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the white house commended the serbs for the arrest. >> i think today also underscores however that justice will come to those who carry out these types of crimes against humanity. >> reporter: the arrest of mladic has significant political implications for serbia, which has been trying for years to join the european union and integrate into western europe. stephanie and rob? >> thank you, karen. secretary of state hillary clinton is in islamabad, excuse me, this morning, addressing strained relations with pakistan. she and joint chiefs chairman, admiral mike mullen, are meeting with pakistan's top government and military officials. they want more help from the pakistanis to fight terrorism. relations had been frayed since the raid on osama bin laden's compound. >> pakistan granted the cia access to the compound for the first time. agents will search the property for materials that may have been missed by the navy s.e.a.l.s during the may 2nd raid. and they'll be using high-tech equipment able to recover damaged and even burned documents. president obama woke up early in france this morning to
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sign a renewal of the patriot act before it expired at midnight here at home. that bill extends the government's right to track terrorism suspects with roving wiretaps in searches of business records and monitor so-called lone wolf suspects who have no confirmed ties to terrorist groups. congress did approve the extension late last night. and president obama heads to poland this afternoon, after wrapping up a one-on-one meeting with french president nicolas sarkozy. mr. obama and the g-8 leaders attended a welcoming dinner in france last night, hosted by sarkozy and his apparently, pregnant wife carla bruni. stephanie, we love our animal stories here at "world news now." every morning we find, manage to squeeze one in there. here is another one. check out the rare white kiwi chick. look at that. >> isn't he cute? he is turning four weeks old on sunday. and his name translates as
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"chiefly one" in the language of a local tribe. >> the white kiwi is so rare they're only spotted in the wild every couple of years. they're going to raise this one in captivity for at least the first year of his life. >> that's a really long beak he's got there. >> look at that. >> what a cutie pie. >> more "world news now" coming up after the break the stay with us. ♪ bird in a golden cage ♪ on a winter's day
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welcome back, everybody. time for our "world news now" friday tradition. a look back at the sights and sounds that made news this week. of course, we heard many hea heartbreaking tales from those struck by the horrible tornadoes. >> the president had a lot to say on his european trip. and there was of course oprah winfrey's final good-bye. here's "the week in quotes."
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>> coming into the city. massive tornado, massive destruction! >> all 25 sirens in the city of joplin did activate. according to our records we had about a 20-minute notice when we turned on the sirens to when we actually got the first report of the tornado strike. >> one minute, it was just barely sprinkling. and the next minute, the whole world cupped upside down. >> this is crazy, you know. this is like a war zone. >> we're very hopeful that all of these animals are going to go home. but if they don't we will make every effort possible to get the guys into good homes. >> we will be at it until they tell us they don't need us anymore and every single person is accounted for. >> some wise irish man or woman once said that broken irish is better than clever english. [ speaking foreign language ] i am happy to be in ireland. >> the things i tell my girls are the same things i tell all of you. don't be afraid to fail. don't be afraid to take risks. >> today is the ending of a very long chapter. and the beginning of a very
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beautiful chapter for me. >> i want to make sure that america is put back on the right track. and we only do that by defeating obama in 2012. i have that fire in my belly. >> i'm tim pawlenty and i'm running for president of the united states. >> the winner of "american idol" is -- scotty mccreery. >> the winners and new champions of "dancing with the stars" are hines and kym! ♪ >> i thank you for being as much of a sweet inspiration for me as i have tried to be for you. i won't say good-bye, i'll just say until we meet again. >> oh, always, amazing. >> don't cry, rob. don't cry. i know you are an oprah fan. i heard it in the makeup room. it was a great show. but don't cry.
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>> no, no, i am over it. we're moving on. we're moving on from oprah. again, so much going on politically, too. be on the look out next week. more announcements in the presidential race, sarah palin, stepping into it with her bus tour up the east coast. we'll see where all of this goes. >> of course the continuing story in joplin, missouri, lots and lots of news. we're going to be right back. it's a ritual this time of year. backyard cookouts over memorial day weekend. >> we'll get advice from a celebrity chef when we come right back. don't go far. abababababababababñ
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welcome back, everybody. of course memorial day is upon us. the unofficial start to summer. that means it is time to fire up the grill. forget about all the hot dogs and burgers.
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chef jeffrey sod is here to show us how to add flare to the bbq. good morning, thank you for being here. appreciate it. smells good in the studio. we of this. we're always hungry on this shift. i told you that. we are ready to roll. one of your things, big, body, i see your seasoning over here. >> i love to inspire people one plate at a time. i had the pleasure of traveling the country working with everyone from the most respected chefs to busy moms, to dads at the grill. they're always telling me i want to taste the world. make it simple. >> keep it simple. as someone who doesn't cook, keep it simple is great advice. absolutely. >> bold flavors. make it easy, right? i will give you four points that will make your summer a grilling pleasure. >> all right, let's hit it. >> first step, think bold. your grill adds so much bold flavor to your chicken, steaks, chops. rub them with spices, coffee and chili rubbed pork chop. huge flavor, very easy. >> what are some of your favorite bold flavors, what you really, really like? >> what i've got on here is a
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combination of cumin, coffee and chili powder. really simple things that most people have. it's great. mild sweetness of bourbon and brown sugar grilling beans. >> sides? you gotta have sides. >> take your sides on a taste adventure. you spent great money on the meat, i choose grilling beans. >> grilling beans. >> you have sweet corn, roasted peppers, mild smoked jalapenos. with flavors like this, pop the can instead of spending hours over the stove. >> popping a can is exactly my skill level. soy appreciate that. what you have got. >> you are done. >> beans will stay with you throughout the afternoon. >> you'll be smiling throughout the cookout. >> one of your tips i like, grill the sauce. which is very cool. >> a lot of people say, what did you say? it's become my friend's favorite saying. grill your sauce. take a foil, couple layers, cherry tomatoes, sliced onion, basil, wrap it in a pouch. you have your steak grilling away. in the hot part of the grill, these tomatoes are going to
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burst into a natural sweet sauce. what you do, chicken, steak, chops are ready. take that pour it over the chicken. >> just tomatoes nothing else. natural juice of the tomato. >> kitchen salt. the tomatoes and the juices, burst, mix with the onions and basil and create a great sauce. and with this, i love the black bean fiesta, the sweet roasted pepper and corn are a natural complement. >> good tips. >> are you hungry? >> i'm always hungry. >> you have to wait. patience is the fourth tip. take your steak, perfect char marks. you worked so hard. now, rob, you and i have to sit there and we have to look at that for ten minutes. >> ten minutes? why do i have to wait? ten minutes? i'm hungry. it is there on the plate. it's sizzling. you're making me wait ten minutes. >> a tease isn't it? >> you are killing me. >> all good things in life. the wait will pay you big. >> yes, exactly. >> the juices got worked up in cooking.
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they're reabsorbing. now when you cut this open. all the juice is in your mouth instead of the plate. >> if you let it sit there. give it ten minutes. you are waiting all afternoon. give it ten minutes. worth the wait. makes it more succulent when you finally get to bite into it. works out great. >> just in the time you need to say everybody, come on, food's ready. by the time they get there and go. don't worry having it ready when they sit down. have it ready ten minutes before. >> what i love about all this stuff. it's simple. beans in a can. spices you can find in the market. talking a little patience for that. even the sauce you made. grilling the sauce. just the natural tomato juice will make it snap. >> exactly. >> beautiful. >> hope i have inspired you. >> you have inspired me. i am feeling good. >> summer at the grill. >> invite you to my place. you can cook for the family. >> all you have to do is wait the ten minutes, enjoy the grilling beans. >> i can handle it. thank you so much. >> thanks for having me. >> tips for a great summer barbecue. >> have a great summer. >> appreciate it. absolutely. get more great barbecue advice on our web page
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♪ if i could read your mind love ♪ ♪ what a tale your thoughts could tell ♪ ♪ just like a paperback novel ♪ the kind the drugstore sells finally, the college scholarship that pays you to skip college. it is the idea of the billionaire who thinks a four-year college education is overrated. >> so rather than send kids to college for higher education, he is sending them to the real world first. here is linsey davis. >> reporter: peter teal made billions co-founding paypal and investing in facebook. now he wants americans to think twice before going to college mindlessly. >> learning is good, credentialing and debt is very bad. it's quite possible for someone
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to go to a top tier private school and end up with $250,000 in debt. >> reporter: if you have a great idea now, college can wait. >> facebook was started in 2004. if all the people involved had finished their college education it would have been too late for that business. >> reporter: teal is backing the first scholarship aimed at college-aged students that requires them not to go to college, at least not right now. >> $100,000 grant. people can pursue anything they would like to. >> reporter: that's why jim danielson is pulling the plug on purdue. >> no engine at all. doesn't use gas at all. it is all electricity. >> reporter: he started tinkering with this porsche in high school and managed to turn it and a fully electric car. something he learned to do on the internet for free. >> the price of education on a college level has gone up by a factor of more than 10 since 1980. >> reporter: the typical college graduate leaves school $24,000 in the hole.
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and student loan debt is expected to surpass $1 trillion this year. more than credit card debt. >> pay off of 10% a year. you invest $100,000 in a college education that personal average gets $10,000 more a year a huge payoff. >> reporter: eden full says her payoff is now. and college would get in the way of patenting her solar panels. >> who knows? someone else might have done it. or the technology may be outdated. >> if i pass up this opportunity and wait until i finish my college degree, a lot could be changed. >> reporter: teal envisions a world where schools would encourage kids to think long and hard what the right decision is for them and not to assume college is the only option. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> and some worry, of coursings that college is a long-term investment. he thinks it is a problem with society that you need collegiate credentials to get ahead. >> what about the parties? that's my question. >> that is what i'm saying. to which it is nothing more -- tuition is nothing more than a big cover charge.
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there we go. you graduated from where? >> u penn.
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this morning on "world news now " -- sad search. hospitals, medical examiners and the red cross look for the dead and missing in joplin, missouri. >> the personal and emotional toll on a community nearly wiped off the map by that mammoth tornado. it's friday, may 27th. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm stephanie sy in this morning for peggy bunker. it's good to be with you, rob. we're seeing some remarkable new video from the tornado. this one taken by a surveillance camera, the very moment a huge tornado pummeled the home in joplin. we'll have the latest on missouri's attempts at recovery.
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>> the video rolled. the family was kind of inside. hunkering down. incredible. also this half hour of the show, the damaging testimony in the trial of casey anthony. she, of course, is the woman accused of killing her young daughter. wait until you hear now the prosecutor's round of questioning. this trial is disturbing on so many levels. >> yeah. and later on, saving money, time, and gas. who is offering free rides into the city from the burbs? you could call it a new kind of hitchhiking. >> whatever it takes to save a few bucks these days. i get it. >> i have heard people that do it. first, before all of that, four days after the tremendous tornado destroyed the city of joplin, missouri, officials finally released the names of the missing. >> there were 232 people on the list. abc's matt gutman got to work tracking some of them down. he brings us the latest from joplin this morning. >> reporter: this is new video captured on billy tile's home security camera as that ef-5 tornado, winds at 200 miles an hour, tore through his home as the family of five cowered inside. they survived.
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what is left in this area is this apocalyptic mash of homes, cars, businesses. the death knoll now up. a missing person's list 200 names long. people like 12-year-old zachary williams. >> one way or the other i want zach to be at peace. i can't stand the thought of him just laying there, cold in those trailers that they're storing everybody in. you know, let him -- let him be put to rest. >> reporter: so they cling to this picture and wait. hours later they got the dreaded call. zach williams died. the state used reports from family members, hospital records and phone logs to compile the list. whole families are on it like the five members of the merritt family and the four members of the sherrick family. have you guys seen the sherricks? >> so they're right over there. >> reporter: right over there? apparently, all you had to do was ask. we're looking for tommy
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sherrick? you're tommy? >> yeah. >> reporter: how you doing? so you are not missing? >> no, i'm not. >> reporter: you know you're on this list, right? you and the entire family. you're missing. >> really. no, we're not. yep, we're fine. >> reporter: as were many others on the list. >> i'm glad you ain't missing. >> i'm glad we are not missing too. >> reporter: there are others separated from their families that don't appear on any list, pets. we found 300 of them, dogs, brought to this aspca center. >> we are very hopeful all the animals are going to go home. but if they've don't, we will make every effort possible to get these guys into good homes. >> reporter: over the past 24 hours, 70 dogs have been picked up by their owners. and there is some other good news. we have seen telephone poles and electrical wires go up. this city is slowly starting to get back to life. matt gutman, abc news, joplin, missouri. there will be a memorial service in joplin on sunday to remember all those who were killed by the tornado. and members of the controversial westborough baptist church will
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be there, too. they're known for picketing soldiers' funerals. church members say that joplin's tornado was punishment for america's acceptance of homosexuality. and they started a good hates missouri campaign on their websi website. a washington state man had to be air-lifted to a hospital after getting shot with an arrow by his teenage daughter. police say the 15-year-old girl used a hunting bow to shoot her dad. he apparently had grounded her and took away her cell phone. after he was shot, police say the teen refused to let her dad call for help. so he then had to crawl to a neighbor's house. the girl was arrested when police found her hiding in the woods. it was another drama-filled day in the trial of casey anthony. she's the orlando mom accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter. several of anthony's exboyfriends took the stand, as well as her dad, whom casey has accused of molesting her. more from alex stone.
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>> reporter: on the second day of testimony, casey anthony's father george was back on the witness stand. he appeared agitated during a contentious back and forth with his daughter's attorney. >> you are going off in a way to get me more upset. i don't think that's fair. i'm asking you to treat me with a little bit of respect and you'll get respect back. that's all i'm asking you. >> reporter: prosecutors say casey anthony killed 2-year-old caylee on june 16, 2008. the defense claimed that caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool and that george anthony helped casey cover it up. george denies the accusation and testified that he confronted his daughter in late june 2008 about missing gas cans. and that she stopped him from looking into the trunk of her car. also on the stand, her former boyfriend, anthony lazzaro, who testified about little caylee. >> caylee liked "dora the explorer." and could count to 40 in spanish. which was, pretty incredible for her age. and she was a great little girl. >> reporter: prosecutors questioned multiple witnesses
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all of whom said casey anthony appeared unfazed during the days following her daughter's disappearance. >> did she ever tell cow that her daughter was missing? >> no. >> that her daughter had been kidnapped? >> no, sir. >> that she was worried about her? >> no. >> reporter: alex stone, abc news. former illinois governor rod blagojevich expected to spend the next several days of his corruption retrial on the witness stand. under questioning by his defense attorney yesterday, blagojevich talked more about himself than the numerous charges he is facing. he was not asked about the central charge against him -- whether he tried to sell president obama's former senate seat for personal gain. two republicans are taking some important steps towards a presidential run. minnesota congresswoman michelle bachmann says she will announce plans for her campaign next month. that will take place in the town of waterloo, iowa, where the tea party favorite was born. and on top of that, former massachusetts governor mitt romney will formally launch his
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bid next thursday. his announcement will be made in new new hampshire. what about sarah palin's presidential campaign plans? there are signs that the former alaska governor is ready to join the field. or are there? here is abc's john berman. >> reporter: a bus, a house, a film, and a fire in the belly. four signs perhaps of the second coming of sarah palin. >> thank you! >> reporter: the bus, a campaign style tour machine that will swing through the northeast starting sunday. a speaking tour about restoring the good in america. visiting historical sites in washington, pennsylvania, and yes, new hampshire. where they happen to hold an important primary. this comes on the heels of buying a $1.7 million home in scottsdale, arizona. why is she looking for land outside sarah palin's alaska? well, the house sits on four acres, has a home theater, and a six-car garage. and some speculate might be an easier place to base a campaign than wasilla. the film, a glowing $1 million
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documentary biographic called "the undefeated." she told fox news she feels a real pull to run. >> i want to make sure america is put back on the right track. we only do that by defeating obama in 2012. i have that fire in my belly. >> reporter: palin is re-emerging after of relative quiet after several republicans, mike huckabee and mitch daniels decided not to run. polls currently have her second in the primary field. the problem for palin -- there might be little way to improve that. >> she sort of hit her ceiling. there is very little room for her to grow or to change people's minds. >> reporter: indeed in new hampshire only 3% of voters say she has the best chance of beating president obama. the bus tour, which has been in the works for weeks, helps build her brand no matter what she does. the idea for it by the way came directly from sarah and todd. her staff swears they have no idea, no idea, if she plans to run. john berman, abc news, new york. >> things are getting interesting. >> i have a fire in my belly, i think it is the pizza i ate. >> late night snack.
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it's all good. here is your friday forecast now. a wet day for much of the east coast. thunderstorms, gusty winds. hail from atlanta to portland, maine. but new york and boston will be spared. light rain from billings to oklahoma city, twin cities. mountain snow in idaho. rain from seattle down to redding, california. >> a scorching 99 in phoenix. 90 in albuquerque. 65 in salt lake city. chicago, 60, kansas city, 71. 84 here in new york. 87 in miami. >> 84 in new york. sounds so good. >> just like miami, right? >> thank you, thank you spring. i wish peggy was here to hear this one. she loves animal stories just like you do. so eat your heart out, bunker, a lost dog story for you. >> he belongs to a california state lawmaker who lives in san diego. unfortunately he disappeared back in march and somehow made his way to fresno. more than 300 miles away from home. >> an ear chip helped identify him.
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the dog is staying with a fellow lawmaker and will be returned to his grateful owner in the next few days. >> looks like he needs a flea bath. >> a little bit. 300 miles. in better shape than i am. more "world news now" coming up after the break. ♪ i'm coming home ♪ tell the world that i'm coming home ♪ ♪ let the rain wash away you go next if you had a hoveround power chair? the statue of liberty? the grand canyon? it's all possible ith a hoveround., tom: hi i'm tom kruse, inventor rand founder of hoveround., when we say you're free to see the world, we mean it. call today and get a free overound information kit, that includes a video and full color brochure. dennis celorie: "it's by far the best chair i've ever owned." terri: "last year, 9 out of 10 people got their hoveround for "little or no money." jim plunkitt: "no cost. absolutely no cost to me." breaking news...when you call today, we'll include
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big searches. good morning, heather. >> good morning, guys. we have tons of celebrity buzz to get to this week. but first, some insights into how internet users are following the scary and heartbreaking stories of tornados ravaging parts of the country. searches for tornados are up 440% on yahoo! this week. all of us have been riveted by those haunting photos of the mayhem, especially in joplin, missouri. and lookups for tornado photos jumped 278% this week. hundreds of locals are uploading their own images of the destruction to our photo sharing site flickr. so far, there are more than 2,800 photos posted. people are anxious about what is next as violent storms continue. we have seen lots of queries about what causes tornados and how to build tornado shelters. all of this concern about the weather comes as we head into memorial day weekend. and high gas prices are also top of mind, once again affecting people's getaway plans. in addition to lots of searches for cheap vacations and low airfare, greyhound tickets and amtrak discounts are spiking too. now to entertainment news and oprah's big farewell.
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we took a look back at the oprah effect over the years she hosted her ground breaking show and we were able to quantify in searches just how influential the queen of talk really is. for example, the day oprah and her health guru, dr. oz, touted the benefits of steel-cut oatmeal, we saw a 5,400% spike in lookups for it. as for the other big finale this week, "american idol" and the buildup to the crowning of country crooner scotty mccreery sparked more searches than in the years past, attributed to new online voting introduced this year. and finally, yahoo! users can't get enough of kim kardashian's engagement ring, or should i say bling? and her fiance. they also want to know more about the stunner and about groom-to-be kris humphries. the nba player fast becoming a star on line thanks to his mega celebrity partner and her family. we wish them well. back to you guys. >> hold on, rob, you have some drool on your collar. >> everybody knows about my love
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for k.k. >> kim kardashian. >> how can you not like kim? >> you giggled when oprah was on. what were you giggling about? you busted out. >> they were saying in my ear to make fun of you about kim kardashian. >> that's how much i talk about her. look at my baby. >> you bear a resemblance to donny osmond in that photo. >> didn't think you were going there, donny osmond. >> that's what's striking about that, besides kim, who is beautiful. >> she's engaged now, too. >> you are out of the game. >> feeling cheated on. >> he is a pretty good looking guy too. really tall. >> i know. nothing wrong with 5'8". >> nothing wrong with 5'8." coming up, a long-deserved day off. oprah winfrey reveals her style of r & r. >> the skinny is coming up. mariah carey facing a serious investigation. we've got the scoop. é"é"é"é"é"é"
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♪ skinny ♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> sing it! >> sing it. >> i miss this show! i miss "the skinny." >> this is everyone's favorite
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part of the show. we should hop to it. >> i get to start it off today. as a recently lactating mother, they handed me this one. because tmz -- >> very personal, stephanie. i like it. >> tmz has reported that mariah carey was investigated by child protective services for drinking a guinness while breast-feeding. and she was actually interviewed by child protective services for drinking a guinness, by the way a lot of lactation consultants told me drink a half a pint of guinness when you are lactating there is a lot of iron. i don't understand why child protective services would waste the time to interview mariah carey. anyway, the latest news is she has been cleared. they interviewed her, though. they wasted their time interviewing her. >> was this in the hospital or was this -- >> i don't know where they interviewed her. she was told in the hospital by a nurse to drink a guinness. apparently she did. as you know, she had twins recently. >> morocco -- and mango or something? >> it's not the same thing. drinking while you're lactating is not the same as drinking when you're pregnant, which doctors
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say absolutely don't do. >> there is iron, it can be good for the kid. >> as long as you are not getting drunk. >> the kid needs to relax. it's friday. he had a rough nine months. he can finally breathe. all right. well, this story cracks me up, too. remember the judge on "american idol" kara, no longer on the show. she told a very interesting story on "george lopez's show. she was crashing at paula abdul's house, and paula was not there. and so she's hungry. she has the maid go get her something to eat. the maid kind of leaves in the fridge these brownies. well, then kara says she pops about six of the brownies and take a listen to how she described what happened next to george. >> the maid at the time found some brownies and took them out of the freezer and left them in the refrigerator. six hours later i was like, hey. what's going on? i had six, i almost died. >> you had six? oh, my -- >> i was like -- >> kara said, i fell out of the bed, on the floor, stumbled down the stairs.
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the ambulance comes. and even the guy like -- the paramedic who came was like, this girl is high as a kite. paula said they were left at a party, someone else's brownies. they weren't paula's. seemed fishy. apparently, paula likes pot brownies in the fridge. that's all -- it explains so much. >> it is all making sense now. actually. >> it's all clear now. i know you're a big oprah fan. you are going to like this one. there is all this new information about what she did the day after the final show. she tweeted she was staying in her pjs all day, getting her hair braided for summer vacation. and reading all your e-mails. rob is responsible for about 200 of those by the way. she also said she is going to go visit her mother. take a break, get some sun and get some rest. she is reading the e-mails but not on vacation. don't plan on that. >> yeah, 25 years in the making. a break 25 years in the making. chill out, oprah. also, we talk about lindsay lohan all the time. you will be happy to know she is under house arrest.
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she started yesterday. because of jail overcrowding. she gets to chill out in her mansion in venice beach with a landscaped roof and wraparound views of the ocean. because of the stealing the necklace. like all rich people do she gets house arrest in her phat pad. >> so happy to know that. thanks. like all rich people do she gets house arrest in her phat pad. >> so happy to know that. thanks.
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here's some stories to watch today on abc news. bosnian serb military commander, ratko mladic returns to court in belgrade to face charges for international war crimes. mladic has been a wanted man for 16 years until his arrest in a village in northern serbia. secretary of state hillary clinton visited pakistan this morning. relations between the u.s. and pakistan have been very strained since the navy s.e.a.l.'s takedown of osama bin laden. and crowds are already gathering here in new york to see lady gaga. she's kicking off the "good morning america" summer concert series in just a few hours. >> all those little monsters. >> oh, yeah. they're going to go wild. >> should be a good show. all right, finally this half hour, with prices at the gas
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pump painfully high these days, commuters are doing all they can to save a buck here or there. and some are even sticking out their thumb and hitching it to work. >> like you do. >> that's right. >> but in washington, d.c., they don't call them hitchhikers they call them sluggers. here is sharice fam. >> sluggers. >> reporter: they're called sluggers, named for the fake coins bus drivers used to get from sneaky passengers the but their gas savings are real enough. >> $160. >> $300. >> close to $100 a week. >> reporter: sluggers are commuters usually from virginia or maryland. they hitch rides to d.c. with complete strangers. sluggers get a free ride. and drivers get to use fast carpool lanes. >> i see more and more people using this because it saves a lot of money. >> reporter: people used to complain that sluggers clog traffic. and now as gas prices tick higher, they're lining up for a free ride. analysts say high gas prices will be around for some time. so if you want to save money, the best way to do it -- drive less. >> that's certainly the best way
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to help insulate your pocketbook from what is happening. >> reporter: alinda valenzuela saves herself nearly 50 miles of driving a day. she drives just a few miles from her home to the slug lines. >> with the gas prices, i think soon people will start walking to the slug line. >> reporter: she says she saves nearly $90 a week by slugging. she is not the only one cashing in. >> you are drives at speed, so you are not in stop and go traffic where you would be burning more gas. >> reporter: there are slugging rules, you can't talk on cell phones and should say hello to and good-bye to drivers on the way in and out. overall not a bad deal to protect the wallet from the pricey pumps. >> it would freak me out to ride with a total stranger. >> right. but i hear that it's like the same drivers over and over, it becomes like a community of people that know each other. that's how it works. >> okay, after awhile, you kind of get to know bob from -- got you. in case you are interested there are web sites for slugging, slug-lines.com. and sluggingdc.com. if you are trying to hitch a
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ride. >> it sounds dirty thoug
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